The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) has enforced a fine of Rs200,000 on information network Neo News for airing “insensitive, undermining, demeaning and hateful” comments by cricketer Abdul Razzaq and others against Pakistan females’s cricket team player Nida Dar throughout its programme ‘G Sarkar with Nauman Ijaz’.
In a video clip from the program on June 6, Razzaq was commenting on Dar’s look, strongly indicating that the last looked more like a man than a lady. The clip had captured the focus and also wrath of social media.
Subsequently, popular tennis player Aisamul Haq Qureshi had actually filed a problem with Pemra’s Council of Complaints with Barrister Khadija Siddiqi, looking for activity versus Neo Information.
According to Pemra’s order in case, a copy of which is offered with Dawn.com, the complaint said the female host on the program also “degrades and also reproaches the profession adopted by women cricketers, specifically stating that female cricketers primarily leave cricket when they get married”.
Complying with the entry of the grievance, the Council of Complaints observed that the discuss women leaving cricket after marital relationship was a “generalisation” that “causes blatant discrimination versus female gender”.
Referring to comments by Razzaq, the council said that the cricketer was “suggesting a presupposed concept that cricket is a sporting activity only implied for kids, who define the manly nature of the sporting activity”.
The order also made a recommendation to the female host asking Dar whether a cricket gamer can sporting activity long hair.
” The women host is insinuating that brief hair is as well masculine and that ladies cricketers are somewhat an anomaly,” the council claimed.
Making a recommendation to an additional comment by host as well as star by Nauman Ijaz, where he asked why professional athletes didn’t play the sport putting on a three-piece fit, the council labelled the comment “really troublesome, deep rooted [in] misogyny and bias and contempt”.
” This mindset demonstrates how extensively approved the belief is that males are much more entitled to act misogynistically than women are qualified not to be treated hatefully,” it stated, including that ladies should have to be treated with respect and also assaults inspired by gender were to be taken seriously.
The respondent’s counsel, Amina Ali, preserved that statements made throughout the show were “basic in nature” and had been “misinterpreted” by the petitioner to malign the track record of the network concerned.
The respondent further submitted that the programme was “comic in nature” and “it is important to recognize that requirements of humour or funny includes more than usually word play heres, playing on words as well as witty quips.”
Ali included that hosts on the show remained in “awe as well as appreciation” of Dar and were seen “encouraging and also supporting her”.
She kept that the remark of the host( s) were obtained of context, misrepresented and also misunderstood.
” Therefore, levelling such ungrounded accusations as well as unimportant cases identical to harm to the reputation as well as credibility of the Respondent Network.”
The council, nonetheless, ended that the remarks made against Dar were “aloof, demeaning, demeaning and also unfriendly”, and also in infraction of Pemra laws. It advised that a fine of Rs500,000 be troubled Neo Information and also the network be directed to provide an unconditional apology to the plaintiff and also females as a whole and avoid providing airtime to visitor speakers with a history of making insensitive comments in the direction of women. It additionally required routing all satellite networks to be “careful while broadcasting material relating to ladies”.
Pemra accepted all the suggestions with the exception of the charge of a great worth Rs500,000, rather enforcing a fine of Rs200,000 on Neo Information.
Talking about the issue, the chairperson of Pemra Council of Complaints, Ahmad Pansota, claimed in a statement: “One more notable judgement gone by Pemra Council of Complaints … on the sexist, misogynistic, sex stereotypical aloof comments passed by the Host, co-hosts and also the guest cricketer Abdul Razzak broadcast on Neo, targeting Nida Dar, an achieved women cricketer.”
“The hosts and also guests on the program ganged up to ridicule the cricketer, which was manifestly reflected from their constant demeaning and also undesirable comments,” he stated, including that the judgement sent a loud as well as clear message that sexism as well as misogyny were not appropriate.
“They tantamount to discrimination, thus in infraction of the Standard procedure and Constitution of Pakistan,” Pansota said.